I had the misfortune to be stuck in traffic this lunchtime as Ed Miliband delivered his keynote speech on phone-hacking which you can read in full here… if you’ve got the patience!
Who on earth writes this garbage!!!
Here’s just a taster from near the end of the speech…
…And we all need to show responsibility if we are to build strong communities based on trust and mutual respect.
The resolve to address irresponsibility, including among the most powerful, reflects the common ground on which the vast majority of British people stand.
There was a time when criticising people at the top was seen as being anti-aspirational.
But now, when irresponsibility at the top is holding Britain back and corroding our culture, it is our duty to speak out.
Anything else would, frankly, be anti-aspirational.
The task for all politicians is to speak directly to the concerns and common decency of the British people.
The task for all politicians, Ed, my old son, is to talk directly to the British people as if you were human, as opposed to a sounding like you are reading a script delivered by a disemboweled Dalek. People down my pub of a Sunday lunchtime don’t talk about irresponsibility corroding our culture or being anti-aspirational, and anyone who did would get short shrift.
And these are the people crying out for leadership and a change from the super-rich toffs they believe are ruining the country. So don’t just get your adenoids done, Ed. Sack your speech writers and get some people in who can don’t talk slick gibberish, but can instead talk to those folk who never thought that criticising greedy buggers with their fingers in the till was… anti-aspirational!